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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's 1MDB probe reaches Najib's inner circle

Authorities detain aide to ex-leader in Mahathir's anti-corruption campaign

Malaysia's ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak is suspected of buying lots of foreign assets with stolen government money.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is suspected of buying large amounts of foreign assets with stolen government money.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Malaysian authorities are tightening the net around former Prime Minister Najib Razak, suspected of embezzling heavily from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, as successor Mahathir Mohamad's government tackles corruption.

An aide who had served as Economic Department director in Najib's office and was also responsible for strategic communications on social media was detained on Sunday, according to Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia. Investigators are still gathering information, but the arrest of Najib himself seems only a matter of time.

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